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Party Size
For 2
Date
Wed, 4/25
Time
11:00 PM
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Shun Lee Palace

4.4
1265 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Chinese
Perfect For:
  • Business Meals
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
Michael Tong's Midtown "institution" combines "striking" surroundings, "silky service" and "absolutely the best above Canal Street" decorated by Adam Tihany.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Chinese
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Hours of operation
Lunch Daily: 12:00pm - 3:00pm, Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm -11:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 371-8844
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Ling Shing Ping
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Private party facilities
We have two private areas, one that can accommodate 18-24 guests and one that can accommodate 20-30 guests.
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Private party contact
Andy or Patrick: (212) 371-8844
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Catering
We can cater any location in Manhattan, for up to 100 guests.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 3rd and Lexington Avenues
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Parking details
Discount parking available after 6:00pm in garage next door.
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Public transit
E, V & 6 trains to 53rd Street/Lexington Ave
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Additional
Banquet, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1265 People Are Saying
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4.3
food
4.3
service
4.1
ambience
3.6
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

The food is always good and fresh.
The $29 lunch special is terrific. Maybe too much food.
The ingredients are always fresh.
It is always quiet.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

The staff was extremely accommodating. They gave us a large round table and added an extra space when another friend arrived. The food was good. Although the prices seemed a bit high, we ordered a few apps and 5 mains for 9 of us. Even with drinks, the bill was reasonable.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

I had read mixed reviews for this place .... they have three locations, the menu looked impressive and it was raining crazy! Since it was close to where we were staying, decided to go here.
Honestly found the place overrated. The decor is gloomy, place is small. Food is good but nothing to rave about. It is not authentic schezuan... we had ordered the eggplant schezuan and were quite disappointed. The dumplings were disappointing too! The flour covering for the dumpling was thick ...
All in all, surely a one time experience for me.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The food is always fresh and excellent

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We had a great evening here. Friendly helpful waiters who made sure we ordered sensible quantities and a good mix. We were made to feel very welcome.

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3.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Too expensive for Chinese food

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1.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Very disappointed in the quality of the food. The service was fine. Been there many times but wouldn’t go back.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

The best !

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1.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Food was undercooked and way overpriced for what it was. I’ve been to their West side location which was worlds better.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Staff were very friendly and the service was brilliant. Food was amazing and would definitely recommend.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Had our wedding rehearsal dinner here 25 years ago. Seems"tired" now. Food was decent, but over priced. Reminds me of the Chinese restaurants we went to in NYC when I was a kid (except for the prices).

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Shun Lee has been around for ever, and they are still doing it right. The service is attentive, the food is uniformly very good, and the room is beautiful.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

The Peking duck was fabulous and the Buddha Delight plate. The service was great, attentive and friendly. And it was nice and quiet for comfortable conversation. We will definitely go back again.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We went to Shun Lee to celebrate our anniversary.
The food was excellent, very flavorful and good portions.
The service is superb, from the minute you walk in.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Recommended to us by friends. We enjoyed our 3 dishes and cocktails very much. The ambiance was very nice. It was a pleasure to be seated next to each other instead of across from each other. It made our everyday meal feel like a special occasion. A bit more expensive than we planned but overall we were very happy with our choice.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Always a great spot!! Service was a little slow this particular evening, but the Captain apologized and offers drinks gratis. Food, as usual, was fabulous!!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

A must for us every time we're in NYC, never a disappointment. The food and service are outstanding.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

What a gem in mid town!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The food and service were excellent. I would definitely recommend and visit again.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

It was great!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We went for Chinese Lunar New Year banquet dinner, and it was a fabulous experience. The food was amazing, the service was attentive, the ambiance was very pleasant. What more can one want?

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Shun Lee is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is always delicious and the service is excellent. My daughter and I went for lunch before going to a show on Saturday and were the first ones in the restaurant so that is why I say it was quiet. I am sure the restaurant is typically more vibrant. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We had the special New Year’s menu and it was really delicious. Although the restaurant was super busy the pacing of the meal was really well done we had a very enjoyable evening.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Chinese New Years menu. All though servers were pleasant they were not particularly attentive. Many of the items were not hot when served and presentation was sloppy. Our table for four people was tiny and my chair was constantly bumped by servers or patrons as they passes by. I have always enjoyed this restaurant but this was not a great dining experience .

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1.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Called at last minute and cancelled our reservation at both restaurants. Not a good sign.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great old-school Chinese restaurant but it needs to be a bit more creative with its food. Also, fresher ingredients. Service was great!

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

I have been going here for over 30 years. Still my favorite place for Peking Duck.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Amazing dinner, amazing service!! I recommend the mu shy pork served table side. What a treat!!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We enjoyed it tremendously! We will definitely go back and moreover will recommend it to friends

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

My husband and I frequent and love this place. The food and service is always wonderful. The food is consistently good while the servers are always caring with a smile. It may be a bit pricey, but it is worth it for consistently good food (ample portions) and attentive service. Make a reservation, you won't regret it!!

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

In a city of a million restaurants Shun Lee is one of the greats. The service is attentive, and truly flexible in helping you design a meal for everyone at the table. We went with our adult children, 6 of us all tastes accommodated at the advise of our fabulous wait staff
Peking duck, shrimp in a delicious sauce, giant fresh crispy noodles, string-beans with a touch of garlic were out of this world delicious. Festive atmosphere, cross between elegant and New York cool.

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2.0Dined on February 2, 2018

The decor was very dated, as if the restaurant was stuck in time in 1975. Service was mediocre. The wonton soup was bland and tasteless. Entrees were between $30 and $60 yet they only have us a tiny bowl of rice. We had 3 different dishes and all were overly sweet and oily. Truly not as good as local strip mall Chinese that cost a fraction of the price.

If you want to feel like you’re back in 1975 and eat unhealthy mediocre food and don’t mind spending $75 per person then Shun Lee Palace is for you.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Remarkably consistent, in the best ways. Just because it has been in existence for so long people may think the food is not "real" Chinese - but they are dead wrong. We have never had other than an excellent dinner and it is one of the few remaining NYC restaurants where one can have a conversation without screaming over the other dinners. Totally professional.

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3.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Every year for many years Shun Lee has had shredded duck on the restaurant week menu, and lychees for dessert. This year for the first time neither was available except on the regular menu. Particularly without the duck, it is no longer worth it to go there for restaurant week.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

I was there with my girlfriend Nancy for Restaurant Week
We orderd the same first course
Soupy Dumplings and a Shrimp Ball
We wanted to order more, that's how delicious they were.
Next courses we shared was
Shredded Crispy Beef and Shrimp
In a garlic sauce
For dessert was Chocolate ice cream and Tiramisu
The experience was great I enjoyed the night with my Nancy and all the wonderful food.
I would recommend this restaurant very highly to all.
Pricing but well worth it.

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5.0Dined on January 29, 2018

Service is first class. Try the orange beef very tasty

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4.0Dined on January 29, 2018

Once delicious and formidable, Beijing Duck was disappointing

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5.0Dined on January 29, 2018

The food was good. The service was good. We had a nice time getting together with friends.

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1.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Hopeless food, service was terrible, overall not happy with the restaurant at all.

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3.0Dined on January 26, 2018

We LOVE Shun Lee however, this time it seemed rushed and frenzied. I am not sure they had enough wait staff. Food was good.

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